Since we held our first Rodder’s Journal Revival last September in Baltimore, Maryland, we’ve traveled all over the country for various events and photo shoots. It has been a hectic but fun time, and we thought you’d enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at what we’ve been up to.
The first leg of our travels took us to the East Coast where we spent time in the Sunshine State photographing Henry Richards’ Deuce Tudor on Daytona Beach for the cover of issue #58. Henry is plenty busy these days at his shop, Steadfast Manufacturing, so he sent his shop associates in his place–better known as his dad, Ellis, and mom, Penny. We have a hunch the highlight for them was driving the ’32 into the warm Florida sun 1,000 miles from their home in Mansfield, Ohio.
While in Florida, we spent one day touring central Florida in Henry’s ’32, dropping in on a number of hot rodders including Gary Moore in Melbourne and Kirk White in New Smyrna Beach. The next day we drove inland to DeLand to visit with Mike and Chuck Longley at Longley Restoration. Several photos from these visits appeared in our “Garage Scene” feature in TRJ #58.
While we were back east we also went to Leominster, Massachusetts, about an hour outside of Boston, to Dave Simard’s East Coast Custom. At the time Dave was nearing completion of the Indy-inspired Deuce roadster he built for Ford Motor Company executive Jim Farley. The car was finished this winter in time to be photographed for the cover of issue #59, which will be mailing to subscribers soon. Dave is an old friend of The Rodder’s Journal, and it’s always fun to walk through his expansive compound checking out his collection of new and old Ford hot rods and racecars.
The last photo that we’ve included is our publisher, Steve Coonan, photographing the completed Farley ’32 roadster on location in the San Francisco Bay Area. We spent several weeks on the West Coast as well, traveling from Grants Pass, Oregon, and south almost to the Mexican border. We’ll have more on those travels in a future email. For the next few months we’ll be traversing the country, shooting hot rods and customs on location and taking in as many events as possible, so keep an eye out for us. We’re looking forward to another great summer on the road.